A balloon “tribute” to KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons was filmed from the cockpit of a jet in Brazil 20,000 feet in the air.
The 36-second clip was originally uploaded by a Brazilian flight crew member on April 29 and was later shared by scott batmanpilot of C130, BN2, 747 and A350 who is also co-host of “The stopover” on Youtube and owner of Media 9 lines. batman wrote in an accompanying message: “These are tribute balloons seen regularly in #Brazil and throughout South America. They pose a real risk to #aircraft and #WePilots must remain vigilant. J recently avoided one over the #SaoPaulo area at 20k. @grahamsturgeon saw one too. Why?”
Simmons himself later shared the video, tweeting, “I would recommend you watch this video from the cockpit of a jet 20,000 feet in the air. You won’t believe what they are seeing.”
Loose balloons would pose a significant risk to aviation. Last month, retired air traffic controller and NTSB aviation accident investigator Barbara Zimmerman Told Palm Coast Watcher“They can be extremely difficult to spot from the cockpit, and it can be difficult for a pilot to avoid these free-floating objects that can change direction at any moment. Balloons can be ingested into the aircraft’s engine, restrict airflow and cause the aircraft to lose power.”
Zimmerman cited several balloon-related accidents or near-misses, including a 1993 incident when a bundle of balloons caused a private twin-engine plane to crash in California; a January 2018 episode where a bundle of balloons nearly crashed a business jet taking off from London; and a November 2021 event when a Boeing 737 reported a near miss with balloons at 7,000 feet in England.
KISS launched the South American leg of its “End of the Road” farewell tour on April 19 in Santiago, Chile and has played three Brazilian shows so far: April 26 in Porto Alegre, April 28 in Curitiba and April 30 in São Paulo. The band is due to perform tonight (Sunday May 1) in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.
KISS was forced to suspend its 2020 farewell hike due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last October, KISS leader Paul Stanley says that the last concert of “End of the Road” The tour will likely take place in early 2023.
“End of the Road” was originally scheduled to end on July 17, 2021 in New York City, but has since been extended. The trek was announced in September 2018 following a KISS interpretation of the band’s classic song “Detroit Rock City” on “America has talent”.
KISSThe current composition of consists of original members Stanley and Simmonsalongside later additions to the band, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).
Created in 1973 by Stanley, Simmonsdrummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, KISSThe first “farewell” tour of 2000 was the last to feature the band’s original lineup.
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